FedEx Express Begins Building New Nordic Gateway at Copenhagen Airport

- Leadership - Oct 06, 2014

FedEx Express has started constructing its new gateway facility at Copenhagen Airport in a bid to strengthen its presence in the Nordics region.

The new site will serve as a gateway for inbound and outbound shipments for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with ramp, freight and sort facilities combined in a single location supported by a new automated sort system.

It  will sort 11,500 packages per day, have a size of more than 8,000 square meters, process 18 weekly FedEx Express flights, 170 truck movements per week and a fleet of up to 36 pick-up and delivery vehicles.  Approximately 120 employees will be based at the site.

Since 2011 FedEx Express has opened eight new stations in the region. Helena Jansson, vice president, Finance, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent, FedEx Express, said: “Copenhagen is an ideal choice because of its strong freight transport infrastructure and the central location of its airport. In the last three years, we have expanded our presence across Europe opening more than 100 new stations–of which eight are in the Nordics.  

“Our new Copenhagen gateway is a key part of our growth strategy and, like elsewhere in Europe where we’ve invested, customers in this region will benefit from earlier deliveries and later pick-up times.”

The building will be located in the airport´s cargo area near the Øresund Strait and is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2015.       

Thomas Woldbye, chief executive officer, Copenhagen Airport, added: “This reinforces our position as a vital Northern European centre for air cargo reflected in the growth our cargo activities which have increased by about 16 percent over the past three years, even in a highly competitive market, where some airports have seen negative growth,”

The Nordics region—Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden—has experienced steady economic growth in recent times, leading to an average forecasted GDP growth of two percent in 2015.

This upward trend is also reflected in FedEx Express shipping data.  For example, shipments between July 2013 and June 2014 from these markets to the rest of Europe increased by more than 17 percent compared to the previous 12 months.  

North America in particular has also grown in economic significance for the Nordics, with the overall number of FedEx Express shipments from the Nordic region to North America increasing by about seven percent between July 2013 and June 2014, compared to the same period the previous year.

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